Jennifer, Kelly, Erin, and Courtney, this series is about "[dropping] the judgment and [building] each other up...To break the misconception that good equals perfect, and to seek out the meaningful even in the midst of the mundane."
Every Wednesday night for the past 7 weeks and even before then intermittently, my family and I have gone to church to eat supper with many parish members. After supper the kids are shipped off to their age-appropriate nurseries while Bobby and I (sometimes me alone) take a class with our parish's Young Families group. Last Wednesday night -- as is the case most nights -- our priest was walking around greeting and mingling. I
You see, I believe that anyone can pray in his or her heart. Even the most remote love of Christ is reciprocated. But I also believe that Christ built his church for us to have a home. In a world so full of hate and evil sometimes God's love gets pushed to the background of our lives. Therefore, finding a church that welcomes you, and then becoming an active member of that church brings your relationship with God into a more tangible experience.
My kids have memorized the blessing we say over our meals. So perfectly have they memorized this blessing that they often rush through the words and rush to take in their food. Every once in a while I make them stop and say it very slowly. I will over enunciate some of the words to force them to remember we are actually saying a very formal "thanks" to God for providing us with nourishment. It is too easy to rush through all communication with God, especially prayer. Sometimes we need to slow down and make sure our message is genuine.
Easter is coming up. I love Easter. I love all the pastel colors, the new pretty clothes for the kids. The fun backdrops for the portraits. Hmm...what haven't I mentioned? Oh yes, the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus...the reason for Easter. Now this is a hard one for me. It's easy to teach the kids that Santa is named for Saint Nicholas and he wishes to remind us with presents that we are celebrating a birthday. But how to you teach that a bunny is to remind us Jesus was wrongly convicted and severely executed so that we may have eternal life? I'm seriously asking here, because I really struggle with this. However, this Easter, I plan to try to incorporate as many Christian traditions as I can muster up, thanks in part to a little old site called Pinterest. I found and repinned this gem full of ideas: